Ars Poetica

Sometimes I feel

My relationship to American Poetry

Is a lot like the Halloween

I stood at the door of one of my aunts,

The sister of my mother, the one

Who lived in a small trimmed house

Married without children. There I was,

Not having much to do with her life,

Though she lived right across the street,

 

In the arc of her door

Paper bag open, without a mask.

I think I wanted recognition, the fame

Of being the son of her sister. But

She turned, and who was I,

Walking un-kissed

To the next house, who am I now?

 

 

 

Cornelius Eady, poet and co-founder of Cave Canem, has published more than half a dozen volumes of poetry, among them Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (1985), winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; The Gathering of My Name (1991), nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and Brutal Imagination (2001), a National Book Award finalist. Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems appeared in 2008. Cornelius Eady is the author of eight books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems. His second book, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, won the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and  Brutal Imagination was a finalist for the National Book Award. His work in theater includes the libretto for an opera, “Running Man,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. His play “Brutal Imagination” won Newsday’s Oppenheimer award.

 

Issue #56 March 2016
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